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What causes gum bleeding? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 28-Feb-2014
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User:My gums have recently started to Bleed (last 3 months). I use Colgate toothpaste. I smoke around 4-5 cigarettes a day since last 12 years. After I noticed the bleeding, i have started to brush twice daily.
Doctor:I am Dr. XXXXXXX
User:Hello Dr.
Doctor:I have read your query
Doctor:the bleeding could be due to low vitamin C levels
Doctor:or due to some infection in the gums
User:it happens daily while I brush my teeth.
Doctor:You should take vitamin C
User:during the day.. it can happen if I try to suck at the base of the tooth.
User:Vitamin C you suggest..
Doctor:and see if that helps
User:surely I would try that..
Doctor:Yes, Vitamin C can cause bleeding from the gums
Doctor:all citrus fruits such as lemon, orange are rich in vitamin C
Doctor:you will also get tablets
User:i consume lemon juice / lime water daily...
Doctor:Try Lymcee chewable tablets
Doctor:then I doubt it is because of vitamin C
Doctor:you should get checked by a dentist to see if there is any extra growth of the gum tissue
Doctor:or infection
Doctor:in which case the dentist will advice you further
User:I see,
User:would it be fine if I try the tablet, as you suggested for a week
User:to see how it is.
Doctor:Along with that also do a blood test
Doctor:Yes, it will be fine if your try the tablet for one week
Doctor:but if you see no improvement then you should surely consult a dentist
User:ok, since the blood test has come up....just to mention, I have Encorate chrono daily....
User:hope that might not be related to it.
Doctor:One minute
Doctor:Sodium Valproate is very well known to cause gum swelling and gum bleeding
Doctor:it is quite a common side effect of this drug
User:ahhhhhhh, i was on Sodium Valproate till 3 yrs back
User:since 1998
Doctor:You just said you are still on it
Doctor:Encorate 800 is nothing but sodium valproate
User:I am now on Encorate Chrono
Doctor:Encorate Chrono is just a brand name
User:technically I am not sure about the composition
Doctor:it contains the same Sodium Valproate
User:in that case...since I am on Sod Valp. . what do you suggest
Doctor:You should talk to your Neurologist
User:ok..I will consult him then
Doctor:and see if he/she is okay with changing your medicine
User:I will do that then Dr.
User:thank you somuch for your time doc....
User:good day
Doctor:You can't stop this medicine
Doctor:You are welcome
Doctor:Good day to you too
Doctor:You can close the chat window
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